Tell us: what is your favorite winter escape?
Candice Bergen: Okay. I have many winter escape plans, but, being from LA where winters are 68 degrees, I sort of look forward to snow and cold. However, the recent cold snap here has put a slight dent in my enthusiasm and I am in fact, leaving for LA where we overlook the coast, bike along the beach, hike and love being there. In the city, I burrow in by the fire. And have hot chocolate and stay home and cozy. This makes me very happy.
Jean Chatzky: Wherever I’ve been most recently. My husband and I spent a few days last week on St. Lucia at a charming little resort called Cap Maison. It rained every day (not for long) and it didn’t even matter. The food was great, the people nice, and the atmosphere totally relaxed. I can’t wait to go back.
Mary Wells Lawrence: If the world were its good old self, I would say that I am IN my favorite place, Mustique, with its skies filled with diamonds at night and its sexy breezes and its warm sea and baby sand beaches. But all the rain California ordered arrived here by mistake today, and it is pouring that drenching kind of rain you see in movies. I have the right dresses for it, the kind that in the movies would be plastered against me because they are see-through nothing. But this is not a movie, so instead I am going out to dinner in a diver’s suit.
I know where I want to be right now, though. I want to be in Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos with a man I have known a while but have kept at a distance. I want to be naughty and flirty and beautiful in one of my see-through nothing dresses. I want to smell the danger in Turks and Caicos. But as my mother used to say, smugly, I am a good girl. So I will go to dinner in Mustique in thundering rain – alone – in my divers suit. Ask me next year.
Joan Ganz Cooney: My favorite place in winter is our house in Vero Beach, Florida, where I can play tennis and tool around in a golf cart and never leave the little community the house is in. My second favorite place is our warm apartment overlooking snow-covered Central Park, reading, late at night.
Liz Smith: My favorite winter get-away is one I seldom can afford, although I have had the happy experience several times. It’s to go to tiny Harbour Island in the Exumas of the Bahamas. But it’s kind of difficult to get to this out-of-the-way spot. One flies to Nassau, or to a nearby larger island, takes a smaller plane to the island of Eleuthera and then a brief boat trip to Harbour Island. No cars, save for trucks and emergency vehicles, are allowed on Harbour Island. Everyone goes about in golf carts. There is very little to do but visit the exquisite pink sands beach, go bone-fishing, sailing and the rest. There are a few good cafés and one or two lovely shops but I’d say Harbour Island is not “commercial.” I wish I could visit every single winter.